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David Jeffrey Frum is a Canadian-American political commentator. A speechwriter for President George W. Bush, F rum later authored the first book about Bush's presidency written by a former member of the administration.
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Audience of One
Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America
James Poniewozik - Sep 10, 2019
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An incisive cultural history that captures a fractious nation through the prism of television and the rattled mind of a celebrity president.Television has entertained America, television has ensorcelled America, and with the election of Donald J. Trump, television has conquered America. In Audience of One, New York Times chief television critic Jam...
David Frum
Nov 12, 2020
Great article, and a reminder that @poniewozik book "Audience of One" is one of the enduringly valuable books from the Trump era     source
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The Inevitability of Tragedy
Henry Kissinger and His World
Barry Gewen - Apr 28, 2020
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The Inevitability of Tragedy is a fascinating intellectual biography of Henry Kissinger that examines his unique role in government through his ideas. It analyzes the continuing controversies surrounding Kissinger’s policies in such places as Vietnam and Chile by offering an understanding of his definition of realism; his seemingly amoral belief th...
David Frum
Apr 30, 2020
It’s just a spectacular book, worldly and wise. This is not a biography of Kissinger alone, but a profound study of the influence of exiles from Nazism on their country of refuge.     source
It Was a Long Time Ago, and It Never Happened Anyway
Russia and the Communist Past
David Satter - Dec 13, 2011 (first published in 2008)
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Russia today is haunted by deeds that have not been examined and words that have been left unsaid. A serious attempt to understand the meaning of the Communist experience has not been undertaken, and millions of victims of Soviet Communism are all but forgotten. In this book David Satter, a former Moscow correspondent and longtime writer on Russia ...
David Frum
Sep 01, 2019
Great book by @DavidSatter on the politics of Russian memory, with perfect title: "It was a long time ago, and it never happened anyway."     source
Doing Justice
A Prosecutor's Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law
Preet Bharara - Mar 19, 2019
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By the one-time federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, an important overview of the way our justice system works, and why the rule of law is essential to our society. Using case histories, personal experiences and his own inviting writing and teaching style, Preet Bharara shows the thought process we need to best achieve truth an...
David Frum
Apr 05, 2019
Such a spectacularly exciting, entertaining, and wise book by @PreetBharara It will make of its legal readers better lawyers; and of its non-lawyer readers, better citizens     source
Memories of a Nation
Neil MacGregor - Sep 29, 2015 (first published in 2014)
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For the past 140 years, Germany has been the central power in continental europe. Twenty-five years ago a new German state came into being. How much do we really understand this new Germany, and how do its people understand themselves?Neil MacGregor argues that, uniquely for any European country, no coherent, overarching narrative of Germany's hist...
David Frum
Feb 11, 2019
Delightful & instructive book!     source
The Intelligent Investor
The Definitive Book on Value Investing. A Book of Practical Counsel (Revised Edition)
Benjamin Graham - Feb 21, 2006 (first published in 1949)
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More than one million hardcovers soldNow available for the first time in paperback!The Classic Text Annotated to Update Graham's Timeless Wisdom for Today's Market ConditionsThe greatest investment advisor of the twentieth century, Benjamin Graham taught and inspired people worldwide. Graham's philosophy of "value investing" -- which shields invest...
David Frum
Jan 07, 2019
I’ve read this book approximately every 10 years since my late father gave me my first copy ~1977. 2019 a good year for a reread     source
What Is Populism?
Jan-Werner Müller - Sep 19, 2016 (first published in 2014)
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Donald Trump, Silvio Berlusconi, Marine Le Pen, Hugo ChAvez--populists are on the rise across the globe. But what exactly is populism? Should everyone who criticizes Wall Street or Washington be called a populist? What precisely is the difference between right-wing and left-wing populism? Does populism bring government closer to the people or is it...
David Frum
Nov 16, 2018
Valuable, clarifying book by Jan-Werner Müller     source
The Happiness Curve
Why Life Gets Better After 50
Jonathan Rauch - May 07, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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In this warm, wise, and witty overview, Jonathan Rauch combines evidence and experience to show his fellow adults that the best is yet to come." --Steven Pinker, bestselling author of Enlightenment NowThis book will change your life by showing you how life changes.Why does happiness get harder in your 40s? Why do you feel in a slump when you're suc...
David Frum
Jun 18, 2018
Inspiring book & interview     source
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Battle Tactics of the Civil War
Paddy Griffith - Sep 18, 2014 (first published in 1989)
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In Battle Tactics of the Civil War, Paddy Griffith argues that, far from being the first 'modern' war, it was the last 'Napoleonic' war, and that none of the innovations of industrialized warfare had any significant effect on the outcome....
David Frum
Jun 04, 2017
Here’s an absolutely terrific book about the tactical problems of Civil War     source
Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism
A Woman's Crusade (Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America (Paperback))
Donald T. Critchlow - Jan 15, 2008
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Longtime activist, author, and antifeminist leader Phyllis Schlafly is for many the symbol of the conservative movement in America. In this provocative new book, historian Donald T. Critchlow sheds new light on Schlafly's life and on the unappreciated role her grassroots activism played in transforming America's political landscape. Based on exclus...
David Frum
Sep 06, 2016
Re-upping this book recommendation for the day after Schlafly’s passing     source
The War on Cops
How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe
Heather Mac Donald - Jun 21, 2016
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Since the summer of 2014, America has been convulsed with a protest movement known as Black Lives Matter. That movement holds that police officers are among the greatest threats—if not the greatest threat--facing young black males today. Policing and the rest of the criminal justice system—from prosecutors to drug laws—single out minority communiti...
David Frum
Jul 25, 2016
Important book, important review     source
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